Hi, I hope you had a fabulous weekend!
Today I have the much talked about Anastasia Subculture Eye Shadow Palette for you. If you don’t know the background of this palette, when it released, many people had problems with it (and many did not.) There was a ton of talk online about how the eye shadows were way too powdery and fell out all over the place, wouldn’t blend, got muddied up, etc. People blamed it on batch problems, and brush problems and skill problems and ingredient problems. Now I don’t know what the real reason is, but I do know it piqued my interest enough to make me want to purchase it for myself. But I was also drawn to the colors. These are kind of oddball, weird “baby poo” colors, and you KNOW I love that in a nail polish. Well it turns out I love it in an eye shadow too. ?
This palette contains 14 shades. There are 11 matte shades and 3 that are shimmery and/or metallic. It comes with a dual-ended brush (which I didn’t use) and a mirror inside. The outside is a deep blue/grey and has a nice felt-like texture (that cat hair loves to stick to.)
Cube is a light iridescent pink.
Dawn is a light toffee matte.
Destiny is a medium/deep olive green matte.
Adorn is a intensely metallic copper.
All Star is a dark matte burgundy.
Mercury is a deep taupe matte.
Axis is a dark forest green matte.
Roxy is a medium coral matte.
Electric is a light golden/green iridescent with micro-glitter.
Fudge is a medium warm brown matte.
New Wave is a orange/yellow matte.
Untamed is a medium/deep greyish/teal green matte.
Edge is a medium mustard yellow matte.
Rowdy is a dark purple/burgundy matte.
Here are my thoughts. I love this palette so far! Truly. These swatches were done using Too Faced Primer Potion underneath and 1-2 swipes per shade. I didn’t dig deep or press hard into the palette to get this pigmentation or evenness. I am SUPER impressed with how soft, smooth and even the mattes came out. I cannot compare this to their Renaissance Palette because I have never swatched or used it, so sorry about that.
Then I tried it on my eyes as seen here on my Instagram. I do not consider myself very skilled at eye makeup, or taking eye makeup photos, so keep that in mind. I used shades Edge, Destiny, New Wave and Electric over TFPP. I just barely put my brushes into the shadows, tapped them off A LOT and applied them. I did notice that Destiny was a little harder to blend than some shadows I have used, but nothing impossible. If you do mix the colors they do get a bit muddied up, which I had heard. So placing them right where you want and just blending the edges seems to work best. I had ZERO fallout when I applied these. So I definitely say use a very light hand, and tap the brushes really well and they should be way less messy.
What do you think about the Anastasia Subculture Eye Shadow Palette, is it something you are curious about?